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Barnwell sorts the NFC wild-card field: Seven teams, three spots, and should Seattle be worried? – ESPN

This week, I’ll break down the competitors for the three available wild-card spots in each conference. I’ll begin Monday in the NFC, the place there are 11 groups with no less than 5 wins. 4 of these groups are division leaders and not currently part of the wild-card picture, which implies that this would possibly not cowl the Saints, Packers, Giants or Rams, who maintain the tiebreaker over the Seahawks after beating Seattle in Week 10.

We’re then left with seven groups competing for three wild-card berths. Let’s try what these groups did Sunday, what has helped (or harm) them in latest weeks and what they could must do to over the closing 4 weeks to push into the postseason. We’ll use the ESPN Football Power Index (FPI) as a information:

Bounce to a crew:
ARI | CHI | DET
MIN | SF | SEA | TB

FPI possibilities to make the playoffs: 1.6%

The top of Sunday’s Lions-Bears game felt like the mirror picture of the one we noticed in Week 1. Then, the Lions blew a 17-level lead in the fourth quarter, with the key second coming when Matthew Stafford threw an interception on third down with 2:45 left to offer the Bears a brief area. On Sunday, the Bears blew a ten-level lead in the fourth quarter, with Detroit’s possibilities enhancing dramatically after Mitchell Trubisky was strip-sacked on third down with 1:54 at hand the Lions the ball on the Chicago 7-yard line. The Lions in all probability should have gained the first recreation. The Bears in all probability should have gained Sunday. In the finish, they every gained as soon as.

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